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Managing Drought
Date: January 12, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (registration 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street, Magnolia room
Sacramento, CA 95814
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California's historic drought is revealing strengths and weaknesses in how we manage our precious water resources. At this half–day event—coinciding with the beginning of a new legislative session—participants will examine Australia's millennium drought, consider climate change and future droughts in California, look back at lessons from 2014, and look forward to policy priorities for 2015.

This event is made possible with funding from the California Water Foundation, an initiative of the Resources Legacy Fund.

Today’s drought: harbinger of the future? Lessons from Australia’s millennium drought
Mike Anderson, California State Climatologist
View the presentation briefing
Jane Doolan, University of Canberra and Australian National Water Commission
View the presentation briefing
Legislative priorities
Session 1: California Senators Jean Fuller and Lois Wolk and Assemblymembers Marc Levine and Anthony Rendon. Stanford law professor Buzz Thompson moderates.
Managing urban and agricultural water scarcity
Session 2: Andrew Fahlund of the California Water Foundation, Martha Guzman-Aceves of the governor’s office, Joe MacIlvaine of Paramount Farms, and Susan Mulligan of the Calleguas Municipal Water District. Ellen Hanak of PPIC moderates. Introductory remarks: by Jay Lund of UC Davis.
Text of Jay Lund's introductory remarks
Conserving ecosystems during droughts
Session 3: Chuck Bonham of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sandi Matsumoto of The Nature Conservancy, Peter Moyle of UC Davis, and Tim Quinn of the Association of California Water Agencies. Ellen Hanak of PPIC moderates. Introductory remarks by Jeffrey Mount of PPIC.
Text of Jeff Mount's introductory remarks
Allocating water during droughts
Session 4: Bill Croyle of the California Department of Water Resources, Jill Duerig of the Alameda County Zone 7 Water Agency, David Guy of the Northern California Water Association, and Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Control Board. Ellen Hanak of PPIC moderates. Introductory remarks by Brian Gray, UC Hastings law professor.
Text of Brian Gray’s introductory remarks
Buzz Thompson: Moderator sums up Session 1, legislative priorities. Senator Lois Wolk: Panelist comments on Session 1, legislative priorities.
Martha Guzman-Aceves: Panelist sums up Session 2, managing urban and agricultural scarcity. Chuck Bonham: Panelist comments on Session 3, conserving ecosystems during droughts.
Felicia Marcus: Panelist comments on Session 4, allocating water during droughts. Ellen Hanak: PPIC senior research fellow sums up a day of discussions.